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  1. Barea says he’d sign with Dallas… or the Lakers, or Heat

    Jun 23, 2011, 3:25 PM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    Every NBA finals there is one player used brilliantly by his team who has a big playoffs, happens to be a free agent, gets overpaid and is asked to play a bigger role with another team. It doesn’t always work as planned. J.J. Barea is perfectly poised to be that guy. The Mavericks want to…

  2. Did Oklahoma City make promise to Reggie Jackson?

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:33 PM EDT

    Reggie Jackson, Verdell Jones

    Reggie Jackson is a guy a lot of scouts want their team to take a risk on. The Boston College point guard very quick and that comes in handy in an era when you can’t touch guards on the perimeter. He’s a great athlete with a ridiculous seven-foot wingspan. He needs to develop a consistent…

  3. Mavericks fan gets Nowitzki’s face tattooed on his… um… behind

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:59 PM EDT

    Nowitizki tattoo

    Someday he is going to have to explain why he has the face of a German man tattooed on his a– to a woman, but for now we will just admire his committment to his Mavericks fandom. One Mavericks fan got a tattoo of Dirk Nowtizki’s face on his derriere. He explained his thinking to the…

  4. Portland, Orlando talking swap of point guards Miller, Nelson

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Orlando Magic v Boston Celtics, Game 6

    In what would be an interesting swap of styles and systems, the Orlando Magic and Portland Trail Blazers are talking about swapping point guards. That according to Jonathan Givony at DraftExpress, on twitter. Hearing Portland and Orlando are talking about swapping Andre Miller and Jameer Nelson, with the #21 pick going to Orlando. Orlando has…

  5. Starting with Cavaliers at No. 4, draft will mean hard choices

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:07 PM EDT

    Lietuvos Rytas's Jonas Valanciunas (C) j

    For all the chatter otherwise, it would be stunning not to see Kyrie Irving not go No. 1 and Derrick Williams No. 2. We may well have stunning, it’s been that kind of NBA season, but you might not want to bet on it. As we said before, the draft gets interesting when the Jazz…

  6. Kemba Walker is falling in the draft. How low will he go?

    Jun 23, 2011, 11:42 AM EDT

    NCAA Men's Championship Game - Butler v UConn

    There was a time, right after Kemba Walker made big plays in crunch time leading his UConn Huskies to the national title, that Walker was a top five pick in this draft. But his stock is falling and he could plummet down the draft board all the way to the Knicks at No. 17 (no…

  7. NBA Draft day morning rumor roundup

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:56 AM EDT

    George Hill, Tony Parker, Channing Frye

    The NBA has seen more rumors in the last 24 hours than the morning after a Charlie Sheen party. At least we didn’t wake up wondering where we were. We’ll be bringing you all the latest over the course of Thursday right up to the draft (and plenty of pick-by-pick draft coverage, too) but to…

  8. Can the Lakers, Celtics or Heat find any help in this draft?

    Jun 23, 2011, 10:15 AM EDT

    Dallas Mavericks v Miami Heat - Game Six

    The focus during the draft is often on the teams that saw little of the spotlight during the season — hello Minnesota! But what about some of the league’s top teams that need some tweaks to get a ring next season? The Miami Heat made it to the finals but it is clear their roster…

  9. Report: Thunder offering Eric Maynor to move up in draft

    Jun 23, 2011, 9:40 AM EDT

    MAYNOR_ERIC

    A number of teams have floated the idea of trading a player for one of the picks higher up in this draft. The Lakers dangled Lamar Odom, Tony Parker’s name was thrown around by the Spurs, and countless other deals have been suggested. The Oklahoma City Thunder have done the same… except they really like…

  10. NBA Draft: Second rounders you hope your team gets

    Jun 23, 2011, 8:15 AM EDT

    Jimmy Butler, Krys Faber

    Every year somebody gets drafted in the second round and by December we’re already asking how so many teams missed on him. Call it the Landry Fields effect. It’s impossible to predict who that will be out of the 2011 NBA Draft, but we can take a few guesses. Here are some second rounders to…

  11. Report: Tony Parker to the Trail Blazers was discussed

    Jun 23, 2011, 2:14 AM EDT

    San Antonio Spurs v Atlanta Hawks

    While the Spurs deny it, comments from other teams make it look like Tony Parker is being shopped around like he is on QVC. How serious those talks are is the question. In the case of a Hoopsworld report, things got very close with the Portland Trail Blazers. The San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail…

  12. Are Cavaliers taking a risk with taking a Duke player No. 1?

    Jun 23, 2011, 1:47 AM EDT

    Arizona v Duke

    For the last couple decades, Duke has been the best, most consistent college basketball program in the nation. They have the Final Fours, the NCAA titles to prove it. And they have sent a lot of players on to the NBA. But Duke players have not thrived at the next level. In fact they have…

  13. Get your lockout shoes on: players rip owners proposal

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:10 PM EDT

    billy-hunter

    UPDATE 11:10 pm: NBA Commissioner David Stern released this statement to the Associated Press when asked to comment on what Derek Fisher and Billy Hunter said of the last proposal from owners. “Players have benefited from the current system more than the teams. For them it has been a much better partnership,” Stern said in…

  14. Report: Lakers offered Odom for No. 2 pick, Wolves said no

    Jun 22, 2011, 6:31 PM EDT

    Portland Trail Blazers v Los Angeles Lakers

    There might be something to the idea that the Lakers are shopping around Lamar Odom. Still, this one seems a little fantastic — and if true surprising. The Lakers offered Sixth Man of the Year Lamar Odom for the No. 2 pick, but Minnesota turned it down, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Lakers…

  15. Minnesota says it’s taking Kanter at No. 2. Smokescreen?

    Jun 22, 2011, 5:35 PM EDT

    Enes Kanter

    UPDATE 5:35 pm: I am far from sold on this, but the Timberwolves have been telling anyone who would listen all day long they are taking Kanter No. 2, enough so that DraftExpress has bought in and moved Kanter to the No. 2 pick. People are starting to believe them. Utah would be just fine…

  16. Spurs deny shopping Tony Parker. Of course they do.

    Jun 22, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

    French NBA player Tony Parker walks on t

    And now we bring you the story that we all knew was coming today like we knew the sun would rise in the East and that Wednesday would be national chocolate éclair day. (What, you didn’t know about that?) The San Antonio Spurs have denied they are shopping Tony Parker around. This is required to…

  17. Derek Fisher says NBA far, far away from labor peace

    Jun 22, 2011, 3:20 PM EDT

    Derek Fisher

    All that “substantial progress” in the NBA’s labor negotiations? Don’t hang your hat on it. That’s essentially what National Basketball Players Assocition President Derek Fisher told Stephen A. Smith on ESPN 1050 radio in New York (via Sports Radio Interviews). And he was not backing down over a lockout. “If the owners decide they want…

  18. Report: Brown wants Lakers to get Anderson Varejao

    Jun 22, 2011, 2:22 PM EDT

    Cleveland Cavaliers v Atlanta Hawks

    The Lakers need to inject the roster with energy, particularly on defense. Anderson Varejao brings energy and effort. New Lakers coach Mike Brown used to coach Anderson Varejao. So, not a huge leap of logic to a report from Sam Amico of Fox Sports. Huge leap of logic to see it happen, but not the…

  19. Mark Cuban and the “we’re the champs” legal defense

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:58 PM EDT

    Mavericks owner Mark Cuban polishes the championship trophy during an event held to celebrate their 2011 NBA championship in Dallas, Texas

    Even in court, Mark Cuban is bragging about his championship. And being damn funny. Remember that Cuban is being sued by Ross Perot Jr., the son of the former presidential candidate and a five percent owner of the Mavericks. His partnership (Hillwood Center Partnership) used to own the majority of the Mavericks but sold to…

  20. Report: Danny Ainge willing to trade anyone on the roster

    Jun 22, 2011, 1:38 PM EDT

    Boston Celtics v New York Knicks - Game Four

    On one side of the scale, you have Kevin Garnett, Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo and Doc Rivers all coming back, and you think they are not going to break this group up yet, they are going to make one more run. On the other side of the scale, you have the Kendrick Perkins…

  21. Video: Kevin Durant’s monster dunk at Drew League

    Jun 22, 2011, 12:34 PM EDT

    Oklahoma City Thunder v Dallas Mavericks - Game Two

    During the summer, a lot of NBA players take part in various “leagues” around the nation. Like the Drew League in the inner city of Los Angeles. There is money raised for a good cause, and some good hoops played. Kevin Durant was at the Drew League this week (with a lot of other stars)…

  22. Report: Josh Smith to Orlando Magic trade rumors “legit”

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:59 AM EDT

    Josh Smith

    Josh Smith is being shopped around, and while Boston may not be interested Orlando is. That according to Ken Berger at CBS Sports. A source also said discussions between Atlanta and Orlando with Josh Smith going to the Magic are “totally legit.” Executives say the Hawks have expressed an eagerness to move Smith and would…

  23. The real key to this draft: What do the Jazz do at No. 3?

    Jun 22, 2011, 11:23 AM EDT

    enes Kanter

    Kyrie Irving will go No. 1 overall to the Cavaliers. Minnesota may be shopping the No. 2 pick like Vince “ShamWow guy” Shlomi, but if they keep asking for Steve Nash and Andrew Bynum they will be making the pick themselves. And taking Derrick Williams. Then things get interesting. The Jazz will set the tone…

  24. Despite rumors everywhere, Suns say Nash not being traded

    Jun 22, 2011, 10:21 AM EDT

    Steve Nash

    It was maybe the craziest rumor of this draft… which is saying something. Steve Nash to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the No. 2 pick was discussed, according to Marc Stein at ESPN. He went on to say in the article it was unlikely because Nash wants to go to a contender, not a 17-win team.…

  25. Kyrie Irving is a deserving No. 1 pick

    Jun 22, 2011, 9:54 AM EDT

    Michigan v Duke

    Kyrie Irving will be the No. 1 pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. But he wouldn’t have beaten out John Wall for the top spot last draft. Or Blake Griffin for the top spot two drafts ago. Or Derrick Rose three drafts ago. Or… It has some fans wondering is Irving a deserving No. 1…

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